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Old 07-20-2007, 12:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have both the AT&T 8800 and the Sprint 8830 - am doing a side by side trial here in Los Angeles. As of now I do not see any significant speed differential between the two and sometimes AT&T is a tad faster with web pages. I have tried downloading files up to 800KB (the 1MB+ ones that come into e-mail do not come with the attachment) and Sprint is maybe one half second faster.

I have not tried a tethering test just yet and perhaps that is where there will be a difference?

From a general email perspective I have set up both my Yahoo and Mac accounts. There is up to a 10 minute differential in delivery times - sometimes Sprint ahead and sometimes AT&T.

Perhaps all of the speed success is dependent upon the area one lives or works.

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Which technology are you using on the AT&T side? It can't be EDGE because that's way slower than EVDO.

I think Sprint is coming out with an updated version of EVDO which is supposed to be even faster.
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Old 07-20-2007, 12:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Which technology are you using on the AT&T side? It can't be EDGE because that's way slower than EVDO.

I think Sprint is coming out with an updated version of EVDO which is supposed to be even faster.
Believe it or not, it is EDGE. That is why I am so surprised at what I am experiencing. Any idea when Sprint is coming out with that faster EDVO?
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According to a friend, they are already rolling it out. He says his phone is firmware upgradeable to use it and keeps making fun of me because I'm stuck on T-Mobile with EDGE.
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Old 07-20-2007, 12:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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According to a friend, they are already rolling it out. He says his phone is firmware upgradeable to use it and keeps making fun of me because I'm stuck on T-Mobile with EDGE.
It may be a function of how fast the 8800/8830 browser is able to render the pages. You should see a significant advantage to EVDO when you test tethering.
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well certain paarts of att net ar eqiped with hsdpa 3.5g sprint is curently equiping their net with wimax wich is 4 g
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Old 07-20-2007, 05:19 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Go to 2wire.com on both the phones and do a speed test. I get about 2mbps on the BB 8830 Sprint EVDO, my treo would get about 600-900kbps same location and I know its because the treos browser sucked and couldnt handle the EVDO speed.
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treos suck donkey ballz, I just convinced m boss to dump them and get blackberries in OCT.
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There was a thread quite some time ago comparing the EVDO to EDGE blackberries and the conclusion was when using a BB it doesn't make a difference, as you have seen. The browser and processor didn't allow the BB to get a perfomance boost with EVDO. However, tethering made a big difference with the EVDO BB providing a high speed connection for a laptop.

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mgerbasio is correct, you wont see much difference on the device itself, the difference is when tethering. Also at&t charges extra for tethering and Sprint does not.
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Old 07-20-2007, 09:12 AM   #11 (permalink)
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People keep overlooking that when they complain about the lack of 3G on current BB's. Unless you're tethering, odds are that you probably won't see much of a difference. The bottleneck in rendering pages needs to be overcome before it's really a useful feature.
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Helpful, great information!
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People keep overlooking that when they complain about the lack of 3G on current BB's. Unless you're tethering, odds are that you probably won't see much of a difference. The bottleneck in rendering pages needs to be overcome before it's really a useful feature.
I tried tethering my laptop to my Pearl a while back. It's painfully slow, much like dial-up, but in some cases worse because of the latency and the unreliable connection. I've used a laptop tethered to EVDO as well and it actually feels like broadband.
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On the device - web browsing will be very similar between and EDGE 8800 and an EVDO 8830. Tethering is a whole other story. The EVDO 8830 will pwn the 8800 on EDGE.
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Believe it or not, it is EDGE. That is why I am so surprised at what I am experiencing. Any idea when Sprint is coming out with that faster EDVO?
They have come out with...it is EVDO REV A.
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